The Bears Den: April 14, 2014 - Chicago Bears offseason news & notes

John Gress

Now the biggest linebacker on the roster, will Shea McClellin be able to carve out a role for himself in 2014?

Bears hope for good 'return' on investment - Brad Biggs: The team hopes that, if he can bring that extra element on offense, Chris Williams could be more versatile than Devin Hester was strictly as a returner in 2013. [Video highlights, discussion, and complaints from individuals with underdeveloped reading comprehension skills here.]

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Bears mailbag - Michael C. Wright answers questions on what Jared Allen has left in the tank, which way the Bears could go early in the draft, and what to expect from Shea McClellin.

Dan Pompei Q&A - Clinton-Dix or Pryor in round 1?

Bears should look for speedy receivers in draft - Arthur Arkush: The Bears have more pressing needs on the other side of the ball, but could target a receiver in the middle or later rounds of one of the deepest WR drafts ever.

2014 DL class 'worst in a long time' - Dan Parr: An NFC scouting director says the 2014 class of D-line prospects is the worst group he's seen in a while.

Draftee profile - Tom Pelissero: Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman uses fury as football fuel.

Draft preview - DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina: With a D-line that struggled immensely in 2013, Phil Emery could still use a high draft pick on an impact end. Martin was a stat-stuffer in 2013, registering an astounding 21.5 tackles for a loss and 11.5 sacks.

Draft preview - DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State: If the Bears are looking for additional depth in the middle of their defensive front, the large specimen that is DaQuan Jones could be an option.

Draft preview - CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech: If Exum could regain the form that made him one of the best DBs in the country in 2012, he could be a major steal as a mid-round selection.

Draft preview - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa: Depth is always welcome and Dante Rosario did practically nothing as the No. 2 tight end last season, catching just one pass.

Draft preview - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: Even in the Red Raiders' up-tempo, pass-happy offense, Amaro's numbers were historically good. If the Bears want to add another weapon to an already potent offense, he fits the bill.

Draft preview - RB Storm Johnson, Central Florida: Downhill running style would compliment Forte, and he would be a much younger and cheaper version of Bush.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Draft day trades - Tony Villiotti: A review of three of the biggest moves in recent years and what lessons can be learned. [Lesson #1: It must really suck to be a fan of the Browns... - Den]

NFL pushing line between tantric and tedious - Mike Tanier: Some things are great when extended a little but tiring when extended too far. We have almost a month of wondering where Johnny Manziel will end up before the draft.

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